Trail Talk 192 October 20th 2021

Scarlet Waxy Cap

With the rain in the past week I was unable to cross the culverts on the Clinton Conservation Area trail, but found no problems on the trails near the Maitland river.  There continue to be many interesting mushrooms to see along the trails. There were two red ones, which I think were a Scarlet Waxy Cap and a Crimson Waxy Cap.  There was also a Yellow Patches mushroom.  One mushroom more easily identified was Chicken of the Woods, which I understand is edible and tastes a little like chicken. On a hike on the Maitland Trail heading upstream from Sharpes Creek Line there were at least 15 different varieties of mushroom in less than three kilometers.

Pringle’s Aster

On a sunny Monday October 11th I thought I might still see some butterflies, sure enough, I saw one cabbage white and two yellow ones –probably Clouded Sulphurs, one of which landed on a flower that was in bloom- a dandelion.  White asters were also in bloom, which I think are Pringle’s Asters which is the hairless variety of  Hairy White Oldfield  Asters.  You can often see Doll’s Eyes, the fruit of White Banberry. A close relative is the Red Baneberry which has red berries on thinner stalks.

Cristen Watt  removed the turtle nest protector from the G2G, and most of the babies had successfully hatched! She felt around the cavity for eggshells and unhatched eggs after seeing the escape hole. Just 3 or 4 eggs didn’t develop successfully, which is normal.

A Clouded Sulphur on a Dandelion

The most noticeable fall colours are often the leaves lying on or near the trail, or along the road where it is easier to see the whole tree.

Sometimes due to print limitation the Signal Star is unable to print all four photos I submit, but  the Maitland trail website carries them all.


Duck hunting season started on September 25th

Deer Bow Hunting started on October 1st which means the section of the Maitland trail from 7.9 km to 10.5 km is closed until the end of the year.

Wild Turkey season Bow hunting October 1st-31st, Shot gun season October 12th -24th .

The Bayfield Woodlands Trail is closed to the end of October

Saturday October 23rd 9 a.m. Meet at 36833 Londesboro Road and hike through Morris Tract to River Bend and to 10.5 km point and loop back.  Expect to take about 2 ½ hours. Contact Patrick Capper

Sunday October 24th 1:30 p.m. the last of the four bicycle rides. 19.9 km starting at 911#81652 Lucknow Line, includes Little Lakes road. Preregister with Con Melady  519-524-8730.

The Maitland Trail is closed from November 1st to 7th due to gun deer hunting. This does not include the Falls Reserve, GART, Maitland Woods, Millennium or Sifto trails.

Tuesday Trompers hike for about an hour contact Al Sanders at

Uneven  Hikers  hike for 1 ½ to 2 hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays contact Patrick Capper. Both groups meet at 9 a.m.

The Woodlands Nature trail is still probably closed past the bridge due to uncleared storm damage.

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at